The Diviners---Learn to Be Grateful

Ruohan Chen
Ms. McLennan
May 20, 2011
Learn to be grateful
People are unaware of the precious things they already possess. As something is seen every day, it becomes negligible and people simply do not care about it any longer. However, after some time living without it, they will find it indispensible to them. In the Diviners by Margaret Laurence, a small town girl in Manawaka, Morag Gunn, comes to a difficult phase in her life when she cannot identify the love that her adoptive father Christie has given her. When Morag was three years old, her biological parents died because of disease. Their friend Christie adopts her, providing her shelter and food since then. Morag, however, is not thankful to Christie and keeps ignoring his love until Christie is dying in hospital. Due to her hatred towards Christie, Morag believes she belongs to Sutherland where her ancestors come from; however, after a trip to Sutherland, she realizes her true home is with Christie.
Morag hates her foster father, Christie Logan, because of the humiliation he brings her. As the only financial source of the family, Christie collects garbage for a living. He does not have enough time and money to make himself clean and tidy. Though Morag does not say it out loud, she often expresses her scorn towards Christie in her mind: “How silly he looks. That is the worst. No. The worst is that he smells…How much do other people notice? Plenty.”(Laurence, 44). Morag is not satisfied with Christie’s image in public because he is always slovenly dressed and does not shave. The terrible smell that Christie gives off also makes Morag ashamed of him. She blames Christie for the humiliation she suffers and denies Christie being her father. Once Morag’s friend Jules refers to Christie as Morag’s “old man”(Laurence, 82) in a conversation, Morag replies, “Christie’s not my old man! My dad is dead.”(Laurence, 82). Morag, being an immature teenager girl at that time, can only see the bad aspects of...